"Friday January 2nd. I felt rotten today. It's my mother's fault for singing "My Way" at two o clock in the morning at the top of the stairs. Just my luck to have a mother like her. There is a chance my parents could be alcoholics. Next year I could be in a children's home..."
Meet Adrian Mole, a hapless teenager providing an unabashed, pimples-and-all glimpse into adolescent life. Writing candidly about his parents' marital troubles, the dog, and his life as a tortured poet and misunderstood intellectual, Adrian's painfully honest diary is a hilarious and compelling listen.
©1982 Sue Townsend (P)2014 Audible, Inc.
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I recommend all of the Adrian Mole books, from a child to adult I have read and listened to these books, if you are feeling down in the dumps or just want a laugh then these are the oops for you.
This book really needed someone who doesn't sound as whiny - yes Adrian Mole is a bit of a pessimist but he genuinely feels he's telling the listener what's happening in his life- this narrator just became hard to listen to after the first 3 minutes, which is a shame because the book is so entertaining. Someone like David Walliams could have read it better.
I was deeply disappointed as this book is a childhood favourite. Wasted my money on it.
I read the book years ago and loved it and listening to it did not disappoint me me either. I could picture the characters from the narration and laughed out loud in places. A great yarn - very funny. It will encourage me to read and listen to the follow on books. I usually like crime but this was a great distraction and feel good book.
I thought he sounded like Adrian Mole should sound. I was totally engaged and thoroughly enjoyed his performance.
i swung between laughing out loud and also feeling very sorry for young mastrer Mole. T o be that age again and think those silly thoughts would not be my wish. Loved the characters.
This book would appeal to all ages as we have all been that age and been tortured with some of the same issues as Adrian
I remember reading this as a teenager after first seeing the TV show and finding it hilarious and engrossing. Now some 25 years later, I thought I would return to this, and I have to say it is just as good. I like the diary format - it allows the story to flow and of course suits a book told completely in the first person. Sue Townsend really is a funny writer and paints a memorable picture of early 80's England under Thatcher. It brought back a lot of memories for me when growing up.
Narrator was fine but made Adrian Mole sound a bit too whiny at times. I am not sure this was the correct approach and it detracts somewhat from empathising and liking Adrian as much as I did. I will be going through the entire series in the coming months. I hope the later audiobooks are as enjoyable as this one.
"Hapless, clueless, and hysterically funny"
The first few weeks of Adrian's diary may start out a little slowly. Don't stop reading, because soon you won't stop laughing. This is one of those rare books that made me laugh so hard, people kept asking me what I was listening to.
Adrian Mole writes himself an impressive list of New Year's resolutions, and he tries painfully hard to keep them. Unfortunately, his parents' marriage is crumbling, his best friend has gone punk, his dog keeps getting sick, and the BBC won't publish his poems. Then a distractingly pretty girl comes to school...
When I read Bridget Jones's Diary, I kept thinking how much it reminded me of The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole. Both characters are desperately trying to be better people, to be taken seriously by the people around them, yet they continually land themselves in the most outrageous and ridiculous situations. Both are plagued by embarrassing parents, overly dramatic friends, money problems, and personal disappointments. Still, both Adrian and Bridget make us laugh over and over again. They say and do and think all the same things we do, but are too embarrassed to admit. If we don't recognize ourselves in Adrian, we certainly want him for a friend.
I particularly enjoyed Nicholas Barnes' narration. It takes a careful balance to portray how seriously Adrian takes himself and still show how hilarious the situations around him are.
"a great book for a teen not for a child"
This is a well narrated, well written book. Written in "Dear Diary" style it does cover more teen age and adult topic such as mentioning mom and dad's infidelities and body parts of a girlfriend. I loved it but I wouldn't buy it for a child though.I would say 13-14 years old or older
"It was better the first time"
I read this book in the 80s and thought it was a riot! I have vivid memories of laughing tears.
30 years later it didn’t quite have the same impact, but it was still amusing and I am curious about the future instalments.
"Not nearly as funny or interesting as remembered"
The story entranced me as a teenager. It was funny and true. Oh how I have aged! Some funny parts but not nearly as good as I remember. Mind you the narrator does us no favours. There is simply no personality in the reading. So sad. I wish I had never listened to it and had my memories to rely on instead.
"A true classic for youth and adults alike!"
I hate giving numbers: So, I will tell why I bought it in the first place. When I was 13 years old myself the librarian brought me a version in Norwegian. I laughed and laughed, sad because I wanted it in English because UK humour cannot be translated. So I bought this after reading 2012 is the year when they are going to be re-launced.
As an adult I enjoyed it even more it is fab.
The "I know best factor" which is so true.
Adrian and the postman.
Give it to your teen to save yourself some grey hair.
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